LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

You are where you are right now because of the actions you’ve taken or the inaction you’ve taken. STEVE MARABOLI As we begin a new year, the first thing we need to do is to take responsibility for where we are in life at this moment. “Last year was so hard. Last year was impossible”, we cry. “I hope this year brings better things”, we plead. But last year can be chalked up to the actions we’d taken and the inactions we’d taken. And this year will also be chalked up to the actions we will take and the inactions we will take. Many times the real reason behind our actions or inactions are simply because we felt like it, we just didn’t feel like it or we couldn’t help it.  Yes, we may not be responsible for the storms we’ve faced in our lives, but we are responsible for our response to the storms. We are responsible for where we are today.  For it is our ability to choose our actions and our responses that separates us from animals. Unlike animals, We, You and I, are bigger than our problems. We’ve more power than we think we have. As the Television Mogul and Actress, Oprah Winfrey said, “In every tragedy, there is a moment when there is a possibility for triumph.” Whatever you may face this year, be ready to seize your moment. This year, let your actions and inactions be led by your vision for your life, not  by storms or circumstances. Circumstances can’t be blamed for the direction of our lives. It is us who decide our greater future. Live...
LET FREEDOM RAIN

LET FREEDOM RAIN

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. SIR ISAAC NEWTON I am clear about who I am. I am clear about being a woman. I am clear about being a black woman. Be clear about who you are. This is your first task as a human being. To all the great men and women on whose shoulders I am able to breathe easier today. To all the great men and women who dreamt about a better world. It is your dreams that made many dreams that once seemed impossible possible today. Let freedom rain. Yesterday, Today, Forever. Let freedom rain! BE A STORY WORTH...
YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO

One does what one is; one becomes what one does. ROBERT MUSIL  I believe that we become what we do. Your image is shaped by the small choices you make each day; from the way you manage your time to how you care for your skin and hair. So be mindful of your daily actions, as these actions become your habits or behaviour, and your behaviour becomes who you are. BE A STORY WORTH...
WHAT’S IN A NAME?

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Hollywood Studio Image Makers understood the importance of a person’s name and the big difference a name can make to an individual’s image. No work on image building is complete without ensuring that the person’s name influences his or her target audience in a positive manner. In Hollywood, plain Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Scicolone became Sophia Loren, Issur Danielovitch became Kirk Douglas, Archibald Leach became Cary Grant, Maurice Micklewhite became Michael Caine, Betty Joan Perske became Lauren Bacall, etc. The result is that each of these actors considerably increased their perceived value and earning power. The main lesson here is that your name is a vital asset and has an impact on what you are trying to accomplish and how you are perceived. Many of us are influenced by the tittle of a book, a piece of music or a movie. As such, people form a distinct impression when they hear your name. Because your name does affect your image and your image determines your level of acceptance by your target audience, it is vital that you ensure that your name is working for not against you. Key questions to consider are: What does your name say to your public? Does it reflect your character and personal brand? Is it fitting to the image you aspire to? Generally, the best names are those that reflect the personal brand and personality of the person behind it. Such names are also distinctive, memorable, positive and go a long way...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? ELIZABETH BARETT BROWNING. There is no one else like you. You have 23 chromosomes from your mum and 23 chromosomes from you dad.  The chances of your parents creating another child exactly like you is one in a billion. This means that you have a unique set of potentials that nobody else have. Reaching your full potential is dependent on how well you embrace and make your self known for your unique qualities, skills and talents. Life really flows and attracts greatness when you fully recognise and develop what sets you apart from others. Your image tells your story, M...
THE POWER OF COLOUR

THE POWER OF COLOUR

As we get older, our hair and skin-tone changes. Wearing the wrong colours can make us appear tired and older than our age, whilst the right colours will instantly enhance the way we look and feel. Wearing the right colours for you will flatter your face and figure, make you appear healthy and radiant and take years off your age. So what are the best colours for you? Let me begin by establishing an important point. We can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum, but not all the shades and clarities of each colour on the spectrum.  For it is the shade and clarity of a colour that determines whether it flatters you. The first principle in dressing your self effectively and attractively is understanding which shades and clarities of each colour in the colour spectrum suits you – which shades and clarities look good against your skin, your hair, your eyes and on your overall colouring. So what do I mean by clarity or shade? Clarity refers to the purity of a colour – How distinctly red, blue or green a colour is. Shade refers to how dark a colour is. A shade is the mixing result of an original colour to which black has been added. So it is simply any colour with black added. Shades of a colour are deeper, richer, more powerful and mysterious. Your Colour Spectrum So we have established that we can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum and that it is the purity and shade of a colour that determines whether it flatters our overall colouring. Your colour spectrum...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.  JOHN MAXWELL. Making you dreams come true involves costs and sacrifices. It is about the choices that you make with your time and money. It is about knowing what you want and taking the necessary action to get what you want. Your image tells your story, M...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. CECIL BEATON. The world is not looking for mediocrity. There are 365 days in this year. Make a promise to your self to be extraordinary each day; to be uncommon; to be a thought leader in your field; to rid yourself of habits that are not fruitful; and to be mindful of the way you present yourself to your world. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Love, M...

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